Did this story yesterday on the UNFCCC project, NEEDS and a bit on a new OECD book which takes a critical look at all those adaptation cost studies out there: http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=83701
Millions of people in the tropics depend on coconuts for food, raw materials and liveli-hood. They are a high value commercial crop. But like any crop, coconuts are at risk of drought and other prolonged events. By using climate science and better agricultural forecast models, the IRI has helped increase the resilience of coconut plantations to climate variability in one of the world's major producers, Sri Lanka.
We at Climate Consortium Denmark have given birth to a new COP15 newsletter. The newsletter called Climate Answers will provide you with news and feature stories about the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December, COP15 and about the wide variety of Danish Cleantech solutions (you can subscribe here).
Denmark is not only hosting the COP15, but is also home to a range of energy solutions that work as… Continue
Added by Eva Tingkær on March 30, 2009 at 11:37 —
The International Institute for Environment and Development has published a two short papers that describe how to protect forests, improve people’s lifes and livelihoods and help to address climate change.
The papers show ways to implement REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), which is one of the tools likely to feature in the new global plan to tackle climate change that governments are negotiating this year.
Greenhouse gas emissions of city dwellers are often far smaller than the national averages, says a study in the April issue of Environment and Urbanization by David Dodman of the International Institute for Environment and Development.
Dodman argues that the tendency to identify cities as major culprits in causing climate change diverts attention from the main driver of greenhouse gas emissions, namely unsustainable consumption, especially in the world’s more affluent… Continue
Added by MikeShanahan on March 26, 2009 at 15:24 —
"We told you so," is one phrase that 'Jasad' magazine founder and editor-in-chief Joumana Haddad never ever wants to hear from family and friends. When she decided to push through with the no-holds-barred publication, people told her she was crazy and predicted she would give in to pressure from critics.
But two issues later, Haddad looks at the magazine's future with optimism. If the 3,000 maiden issue copies that were sold out in 11 days were any indication, then it looks like… Continue
BANGKOK, Mar 16 (AMF) — 'Jasad', a Lebanese magazine that is challenging taboos in the Arab world, has gone full speed ahead with its second issue this month - at the risk of earning the ire of more conservative sectors.
In contrast to its first issue that presented a suggestive photo of a naked woman wrapped in red silken fabric, the quarterly magazine's latest cover shows a naked women's intricately painted torso with only a pair of hands covering… Continue
Making health markets work for poor people
id21 insights #76, March 2009
In many countries people use a wide variety of market based providers of health-related goods and services ranging from highly organised and regulated hospitals and specialist doctors to informal health workers and drug sellers operating outside the legal framework.… Continue
Forests play a key role in climate. In this video interview by the International Institute for Environment and Development, Virgílio Viana explains why forests matter, how best to protect them, and what world leaders need to do to ensure we can use forests sustainably in the fight against climate change.
Virgílio Viana is one of the world's leading experts on forestry, environment and sustainable development. He served as Secretary of State for Environment… Continue
Added by MikeShanahan on March 10, 2009 at 10:58 —
International Food Policy Research Institute
Understanding Farmers' Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change and Variability: The Case of the Limpopo Basin, South Africa
By Glwadys Aymone Gbetibouo
Climate change is expected to have serious environmental, economic, and social impacts on South Africa. In particular, rural farmers, whose livelihoods depend on the use of natural resources, are likely to bear the… Continue
I am interested in how organizations are using old and new media to build capacity for addressing critical and complex environmental concerns, especially in India and the U.S. What follows is a draft proposal for my research. I would love to link up with scholars, journalists, activists, scientists, etc. that have similar interests and welcome any comments!
send me a message if you'd like the .doc paper
"Environmental Media Organizations:
Leveraging Media… Continue
All, wanted to share with you a Q&A session I had with Graeme Hammer, a specialist in crop ecophysiology and modeling from the University of Queensland, Australia. In the next year, we'll be posting more Q&A's with scientists, economists, policy makers and others who have had important insights on how climate science and information can help meet the goals of development and adaptation.
Excerpt question/answer: IRI:…Continue
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